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Founded in 1920, Swansea University stands in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, Britain's first 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. As Wales's second city, Swansea enjoys a full range of social, cultural and sporting amenities and excellent transport links.

 

Access to Swansea by road, rail and sea is good and Cardiff International Airport  is just one hour away. The M4 motorway, the main east-west arterial route from London, leads directly to Swansea. Swansea has a direct hourly rail service from London Paddington (2 hours 55 minutes), and is linked to most other parts of the rail network via Cardiff Central. There are also frequent ferry crossings from Swansea to Cork, in the Republic of Ireland (http://www.directferries.co.uk/swansea.htm and https://online.swanseacorkferries.com/).

 

Travelling from Airports 
There is a direct National Express coach service from London Heathrow to Swansea (this must be pre-booked), or to Reading railway station which connects with inter-city rail services to Swansea. Alternatively, take the Heathrow Express train to London Paddington station, from where there are regular direct trains to Swansea.

 

From London Gatwick there is a direct National Express coach to Swansea (this must be pre-booked).  Alternatively, take a train to Reading for connections to Swansea.

 

From London Stansted there are train services to London Liverpool St. This is connected, via the underground network, to London Paddington from which there are frequent services to Swansea.  Otherwise, take the Stansted-Heathrow shuttle service for coach connections to Swansea.

 

Cardiff Wales Airport, located 35 miles from Swansea, also offers a range of international services. From Cardiff Airport take the hourly rail service from Rhoose (Cardiff International Airport) changing at Bridgend. Alternatively take a bus or taxi to Cardiff City Centre for train and bus links to Swansea.

 

Bristol International Airport is linked by a regular coach service to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, from where there are hourly train services to Swansea (change at Cardiff Central).

  

For train times and bookings, consult www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 08457 48 49 50. Please note that in the UK limited train services run late evening and at night.

 
For coach times and bookings, consult www.nationalexpress.com or telephone 08705 808080.

 

Travelling by Train 
First Great Western provides a frequent train service from London Paddington, journey time 2 hours 50 minutes. The main intercity services offer connections to Swansea from Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham and London.

 
For train times and bookings, consult www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 08457 48 49 50. Please note that in the UK limited train services run late evening and at night.

 

Travelling by Coach 
National Express journeys by coach terminate at the Quadrant Bus Station. 
For coach times and bookings, consult www.nationalexpress.com or phone 08705 808080. Disabled Persons Travel Helpline: 0121 4238479. A textphone is provided for customers who are deaf or hard of hearing: 0121 4550086.

 

Taxis
Taxis are available from both the coach station and railway station, taking about 10 minutes to reach the University (ask for Fulton House). Journey costs are around £5.

 

Local Taxi Companies 
City Tax - +44 (0)1792 475200
Data Cabs - +44 (0)1792 474747
High Street Cabs - +44 (0)1792 477477
Sketty Cabs - +44 (0)1792 298703

 

Local Bus Services to the University 
Bus number 3A serves the University from the city centre (Quadrant bus station, usually bays 1-4).  This service usually runs every 20 minutes.  A single fare is approx. £1.50.
If arriving by train, bus numbers 4 and 4A go to the Quadrant bus station, where you change for services to the University.

 
Travelling by Car 
Travelling west by car - leave the M4 at Junction 42, and take the A483 for Swansea, which continues west to join with the A4067 (passing Sainsbury’s supermarket on your left-hand side) for 1.5 miles to the Main Entrance of the University Campus (turn right just before the footbridge). Visitor parking is available to the right of the main entrance in the main car park.

 


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